Pioneer Trail Wetland Restoration Project
The project will restore the site into an ecologically diverse and functioning wetland.
The project site before restoration (fall 2019).
The Pioneer Trail Wetland Restoration Project will restore wetland and upland habitats on seven acres of land owned by the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District. The wetland drains into Bluff Creek.
View the Pioneer Trail Wetland Restoration Plan.
Benefits of the project include:
- Improved water quality for Bluff Creek
- Creation of healthy habitat for wildlife including pollinators
- Improved stormwater management
- Reduced water level fluctuations on site and adjacent properties
- Visually pleasing landscape with seasonal color change
- Vegetation & debris clearing
- Herbicide weed control
- Soil excavation & grading
- Water level control structure installation
- Erosion control seeding (cover crop)
- Plant plug installation
- Tree & shrub planting
- Control of invasive species
- Water monitoring
Explore the slide show below to see habitats and some of the plant species that will be part of the project.
Money for Landowner Projects
Property owners within the Watershed District are eligible for an up to 75% cost-share grant to fund a habitat restoration or other water quality improvement project on their property! Check out the Watershed Stewardship Grant webpage for more information.
RPBCWD would like to acknowledge these project partners:
- Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- City of Chanhassen